Getting to the Point with Richard Blanco
Presidential inaugural poet Richard Blanco will visit the Institute for a Getting to the Point discussion on the themes he explores in his recent poetry collection, How to Love a Country, and how Americans can find common ground through shared experiences and ideals.
The discussion will be moderated by Porsha Olayiwola, Poet Laureate for the City of Boston.
Richard Blanco was the fifth presidential inaugural poet, serving as poet for President Obama’s second inauguration in 2013. He stands as the youngest, first Latino, immigrant, and gay person to serve in such a role. He is the author of four collections of poetry and three memoirs.
Mr. Blanco will perform a poetry reading as part of the program and will also participate in a book signing.
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